Facebook banned on its platforms any content supporting the Taliban militia -which since yesterday totally controls Afghanistan- which it considers a “terrorist organization” and announced that a group of experts is already in operation to monitor and eliminate them from the networks.
“The Taliban are sanctioned as a terrorist organization under US law and we have banned them from our services under our dangerous organization policies. This means we delete accounts maintained by or on behalf of the Taliban. and we prohibit praise, endorsement and representation from them“said a Facebook spokesperson.
For years the Islamist militia uses social networks to spread their messagesSo its swift takeover of Afghanistan poses new challenges for tech companies on how to deal with content related to this and other radical groups.
Facebook called the Taliban a dangerous organization for many years.
The Islamist militia uses social media to spread its messages. Photo: Reuters
The tech giant’s spokesman added that “a dedicated team of experts in Afghanistan, who are native speakers of Dari and Pashto and have knowledge of the local context, helps us identify and alert us to emerging issues on the platform. “
Facebook does not make decisions on the recognition of national governments, but instead follows the “authority of the international community,” he added, noting that the policy applies to all of its platforms, including its flagship social media network Instagram and WhatsApp.
But nevertheless, there are reports that the Taliban are using WhatsApp to communicate. Asked about this point, the spokesperson said that he would take action if he found accounts in the application linked to the group
Rival social media platforms have also come under scrutiny on how they handle content related to the Taliban.
What’s up on twitter
Unlike Facebook, Twitter keeps Mohamed Naeem’s account open, spokesman for the political office of the Arab Emirate of Afghanistan, posing as “Spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.”
Through his profile he reports on the progress of the Islamic group in the country. “The situation in Kabul is under control”, he just tweeted, about the assault on the country’s capital.
Naeem’s account is unverified, but he has almost 300,000 followers and it is systematically cited by the media. During the last hours, the spokesperson has continued to publish tweets about the situation in the country.
In the most recent, a Taliban leader is seen addressing, allegedly, medical staff at a hospital “including women,” as Naeem points out in the message.
The same have been doing other spokesmen of the group, like Suhail Shaheen, who has almost 350,000 followers on the social network, or Zabihullah Mujahid, which has more than 299,000.
What many claim to the social network is that the same rule does not always apply. Since the beginning of 2021 (after the assault on the Capitol), the account of the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, remains suspended for “violating the rules” of the social network.
With information from agencies.